How is the meniscus torn or injured?

Dr. Griesser discusses how the meniscus gets torn or injured. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Most often, meniscus tears or injuries happen while you’re playing a sport, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

The tears can happen while your squatting or twisting, or even during direct contact, such as being tackled.

As we get older, we can also have what are called degenerative meniscus tears. The AAOS says these are from cartilage that has weakened over the years, so even just an awkward twist when standing from a chair can cause an injury.

For more information about meniscus tears and injuries, talk with your doctor.

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